If you've gone for scholarships but are still needing financial assistance to help fund your education the next step is normally to look into the various loans available. The State of Indiana offers its citizen students and parents a couple of state-sanctioned agencies whose primary job it is to provide college planning guidance. And while it's a good idea to remember that there are a number of funding opportunities on the federal level, you may also be able to find assistance right in your own home state.
ISM Education Loans is in business as a secondary loan company. When you need reliable information on the types of loans available to you this is a primary source.
State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana is another great source for funding to help assist college students get through school. But the SSACI is also much more than that. This organization is a valuable resource for parents seeking pertinent information for students at all levels of education.
Don't get confused when it comes time to apply for student loans. The best first step you can take is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the FAFSA. By filling out this application you are considered for all federal loan and grant programs. So you don't have to make many decisions about them—Uncle Sam does most of that work. Here's the rundown:
In addition to seeking out Federal assistance, as well as State-funded assistance, don't forget that the college or university of your choosing can also offer some great grant and scholarship opportunities, depending on your own unique circumstances and your chosen field of study. Are you an athlete? The child of a military veteran or financially disadvantaged? Be sure to look into those avenues as well.
There are also independent organizations that may be of assistance, depending on your situation:
Whether loan-funded or by scholarships and grants, there are a number of ways to finance your education. To keep an eye on the latest opportunities be sure to check out the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana website for the latest information.